US vows to ensure passage of nuke agreement by Congress

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Washington, Sep 25 (UNI) On the eve of President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting here, the United States vowed to make all possible efforts to bring the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement to fruition, irrespective of the time constraints.

The meeting is scheduled to take place later in the day today.

''We're going to push -- we're going to work with the Congress to bring this agreement to fruition,'' State Department's Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood told newsmen yesterday.

He, however, declined to give out details of the discussions that the administration had with the Congress to expedite the passage of the measure.

''I don't want to get into discussions or comment on the substance of discussions going on between the Administration and members of the Congress,'' he said, adding that the agreement was ''very important'' to the United States as well as India.

Mr Wood said, ''we want to bring India, as we've said, over and again, back into the nonproliferation mainstream. This agreement is a good way of doing that.'' The Spokesman expressed happiness at the approval of the measure by 19-2 vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

''We want to see its passage by the full Senate and to see it go to the House of Representatives for passage,'' he said.


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